Anita Rao

Anita Rao is a producer for The State of Things, WUNC's daily, live talk show that features the issues, personalities and places of North Carolina. She fell in love with interviewing and storytelling as a Women's Studies and International Studies major at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and began her radio career at WUNC as an intern for the nationally distributed public radio program The Story. From 2011 - 2014, she worked for the Peabody Award-winning StoryCorps Production department, where she pitched, edited and produced conversations from across the nation--from Chicago, IL to Pineville, North Carolina.  

Anita was born in a small coal-mining town in Northeast England but spent most of her life growing up in Iowa and has a fond affection for the Midwest. She loves excessively-long dinner parties and hopes to one day live up to her mom's nickname, "Sheila, The Chocolate Eater."

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11:52 am
Thu May 21, 2015

Behind The Butcher’s Counter

Cliff Collins has run Cliff's Meat Market on Main Street in Carrboro for more than four decades. He has been an open supporter of immigration reform and employs many new Latino immigrants in his store.
D.L. Anderson

Originally published on Thu May 21, 2015 2:49 pm

Cliff’s Meat Market has been a cornerstone of the food industry in the Triangle for more than four decades. Cliff Collins started the shop when he was in his 20s, and it’s now one of the last family-owned markets in the area. Many have noted that the key to Cliff’s success is his ability to evolve alongside the community he serves and create products to meet their needs.

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12:05 pm
Wed May 20, 2015

A Behind-The-Scenes Take On The Wright Brothers

Katharine Wright sits beside Wilbur, ready for her first takeoff at Pont-Long in France in 1909.
Courtesy of Special Collections and Archives, Wright State University

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 3:45 pm

The state of North Carolina has many claims to fame, but there is likely none more popular or controversial than the slogan on the state license plate: “First In Flight.” The phrase commemorates the spectacular achievement of brothers Wilbur and Orville Wright who piloted their first flight in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina in 1903.

    

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11:48 am
Tue May 19, 2015

Medicaid In North Carolina

Medicaid Reform is at the top of this year's legislative agenda. We'll preview a new report from Wake Forest University argues for a hybrid strategy. The report analyzes data from existing hybrid plans in Ohio and Oregon and asserts that a hybrid model for Medicaid can achieve both patient-centered care and budget control.

Originally published on Tue May 19, 2015 6:08 pm

color:#3D3D3D;letter-spacing:.05pt">Medicaid reform is at the forefront of the state's legislative agenda this session, but legislators are still debating how to design the reform. 


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11:33 am
Tue May 19, 2015

It’s Time For Some Hollerin’

Photos from the archive of the National Hollerin' Contest that has been happening yearly in Spivey's Corner, NC since 1969.
Tony Peacock

Originally published on Wed May 20, 2015 12:06 pm

Hollerin’ is an ancient form of human communication originally used in rural areas—people would yell from farm-to-farm to share messages over long distances. In 1969, a group of people in Spivey’s Corner, N.C. began the National Hollerin’ Contest to preserve and celebrate this form of communication. 

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11:18 am
Tue May 19, 2015

The Golden Age of Professional Wrestling

John Hitchcock with the Front Row gang holding one of his signs meant for Dusty Rhodes. Hitchcock was the first audience member in the Greensboro Coliseum to hold up humorous signs at wrestling matches. Some of the pro wrestlers loved it, others didn't.
John Hitchcock

Originally published on Tue May 19, 2015 7:51 pm

Greensboro native John Hitchcock attended nearly every professional wrestling show in the Greensboro Coliseum for 15 years. He was a part of a group of troublemakers who sat in the front of the coliseum cheering loudly for the bad guys and getting a rise out of the crowd and the wrestlers.

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11:03 am
Tue May 19, 2015

Anne-Claire And The Wild Mystics

Anne-Claire and the Wild Mystics performing live. Their first album will be released this August. The group is a project of rotating musicians fronted by vocalist and composer Anne-Claire Niver.
Mitchell Oliver

North Carolina native Anne-Claire Niver has been singing since she was a young child. After studying music and vocal performance at UNC-Greensboro and traveling the world, she moved home to North Carolina and started work at a family-owned farm near Rougemont.

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1:05 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Join Us At The Triad Stage Tuesday, May 19th

Originally published on Mon May 18, 2015 2:20 pm

Each month WUNC's The State of Things travels to Greensboro for a live show at Triad Stage's UpStage CabaretThe next show is Tuesday, May 19. The live broadcast starts at noon, but please arrive by 11:45 a.m. to be seated. Please RSVP if you plan to attend.

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12:08 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Cultivating A Literary Ecosystem

Katharine Ashe with North Carolina reader Teresa Keelman at a romance fan convention. The two are wearing tiaras to celebrate the latest book in Ashe's Prince Catchers series.
Katharine Ashe

Originally published on Fri May 15, 2015 3:10 pm

North Carolina is home to a strong writing community. The state’s writing world has flourished in part because of an equally-strong literary ecosystem of publishers, independent bookstores, and readers. The inaugural Read Local Book Festival celebrates this literary ecosystem in downtown Durham this weekend with workshops, author dinners, and more.

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12:36 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

The Land Of No Things

Endec is an art installation by recent UNC-Chapel Hill MFA graduate Eric Pickersgill. It uses 60 images from his grandfather's 8 mm home movies to explore human memory. It's on view at The Ackland Art Museum.
Eric Pickersgill

Originally published on Wed May 13, 2015 3:47 pm

For some artists, making art is about creating something distinct from everything else that came before it. But in a new exhibit on view at The Ackland Art Museum, 11 artists explore the flip side of that artistic impulse. Their work raises questions about the value of creating new objects and explores the ethical and environmental implications of this work.

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11:59 am
Wed May 13, 2015

Inside Sy Safransky’s Notebook

The office of The Sun magazine in Chapel Hill. The Sun celebrated its 40th anniversary last year.
Rachel J. Elliott

Originally published on Wed May 13, 2015 3:52 pm

“The Sun” magazine has been a Chapel Hill institution for more than four decades. It started in 1974 when editor and publisher Sy Safransky borrowed $50 to get the magazine started. Safransky had no idea where he would find funding to keep the production afloat, but he was confident that his vision for a “personal, political, and provocative” magazine would bring together readers and writers alike.

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